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Art Nouveau Art Nouveau is a French term meaning new art that was used to describe the decorative art style that occurred during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries With its beginnings found in the Arts and Crafts movement of William Morris Art Nouveau eventually spread all over Europe and into the United States In the varying countries this art movement was given different names In Germany it was known as Jugendstil after the Jugend art magazine Italians called the movement Stile Liberty after Liberty LTD style which was on of the few English companies which became involved in the Art Nouveau movement The term Art Nouveau which was popularized by a gallery in France is now used to describe all artwork and movements that were created between 1894 and 1914 in response to the popular point of view Art Nouveau artists main goal was to erase the line between major and minor art They wanted to unify all arts and center it around man and his life They rebelled against the growing factories and the constant rise in city population Many artists felt they had to return to the roots of artwork and leave the current art style This led the artists to abandon the imitative art that previously seen in the nineteenth century and create a style that was entirely theirs Aubrey Beardleys creativity with the organic line along with William Morris who showed the importance of the vital style in the applied arts influenced the movement in England Elsewhere in Europe the movement was inspired by the experiments of line from Paul Gauguin and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec The movement was also helped along by the popularity of linear patterns in Japanese prints known as ukiyo-e The major characteristic of Art Nouveau is its flowing asymmetrical line that usually takes the shape of flower stalks vines insect wings or other delicate pieces that are found in nature The
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